Washington and Lee Football Release

Week 2 - W&L at Guilford - September 19 - 1:30 pm
RECORD: Overall 0-1 Home 0-1 Away 0-0 ODAC 0-0 THE SERIES: This is the 12th meeting all-time between the two schools with Guilford holding a 6-5 advantage in the series that began during the 1965 season. The Quakers have won the last two meetings, including a 34-20 win last season. W&L is 2-2 all-time vs. Guilford in Greensboro. THE LAST MEETING: (Guilford 34, W&L 20, September 20, 1997 - Lexington, Va.) With W&L leading 20-19, the Quakers scored two touchdowns in the final 12:05 of the game to seal a 34-20 win over the Generals. Quarterbacks Danny Strelkauskas and Jason Hofmann combined to complete 16-of-35 passes for 315 yards and two touchdowns for Guilford, while William Rochelle hauled in eight catches for 189 yards and one touchdown. Chas Chastain caught a career-high 13 balls for 158 yards for W&L before suffering a season-ending knee injury. THE HEAD COACHES: Frank Miriello (East Stroudsburg '67) is in his fourth season as the head coach at W&L and his 31st year of coaching. He claims a 14-15-1 (.483) overall record, 1-2 against Guilford. Guilford is led by eighth-year head coach Mike Ketchum (Guilford '78) who is 35-34 (.507) overall. The 1997 ODAC Coach of the Year, Ketchum helped guide the Quakers to an 8-2 overall mark last season (4-1 ODAC) and a share of the ODAC title. He is 4-3 all-time vs. W&L. W&L vs. THE ODAC: W&L sports a 41-62-1 (.396) all-time record in the ODAC and is 77-84-5 (.479) all- time against the current members of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference, including a 2-3 mark last season. The following is a breakdown of the Generals vs. the members of the ODAC: Bridgewater (20-8) Emory & Henry (6-21) Guilford (5-6) Hampden-Sydney (26-27-2) Randolph-Macon (20-22-3) ALL-TIME RECORD: According to research compiled by the sports information department over the years, W&L has compiled a 397-442-39 (.474) all-time record. W&L has been linked to the first intercollegiate football game played in the south, an 1873 matchup with VMI, however, several games before the 1890 season are not offically recognized, including the 1873 contest. ON THE ROAD: Since 1900, W&L is 132-236-18 (.365) on the road and is 22-70-6 (.255) in its first road game of the season. In addition, the Generals are 0-2 when facing Guilford in the first road game of the season. Under Miriello, W&L is 6-8 (.429) in road games and 0-3 in its opening road game. GAME ONE BREAKDOWN - DEFENSE: Against Johns Hopkins, the W&L defense surrendered 454 yards of total offense, 262 through the air and 192 on the ground. The Blue Jays were just 5-of-11 on third down conversions, but were 2-2 on fourth down conversions. One drive ended in a touchdown, while the other resulted in a field goal attempt that was blocked. Johns Hopkins scored on six of their 11 possessions in the game, including three-of-four in the second quarter. GAME ONE BREAKDOWN - OFFENSE: W&L totaled 331 yards of total offense, 233 through the air and 98 on the ground. The Generals converted on six-of-12 third down conversions and scored on four of their 12 possessions in the game. GAME ONE BREAKDOWN - THE INTANGIBLES: W&L forced one turnover from JHU, while committing three its own. One of the Generals' turnovers was an interception in the end zone twarting an excellent scoring opportunity and another interception was returned to the W&L one-yard line, resulting in another Blue Jay touchdown. W&L won in the kicking game, with junior Doug Williams averaging 40.0 yards per punt (3-120) to JHU's 27.7 average. In addition, the Blue Jays had one field goal attempt blocked. Also, W&L committed just three penalties for 17 yards as opposed to eight for 71 yards by Hopkins. PICKING UP WHERE HE LEFT OFF: Junior wide-out J.T. Malatesta picked up right where he left off last season, grabbing eight balls for 116 yards and one touchdown against Johns Hopkins. Last season, he ranked 41st-nationally with an average of 86.3 receiving yards per game. BACK IN THE GAME: The Johns Hopkins game marked the return of senior captain Chas Chastain. Chastain as impressive in his return to the field, catching three balls for 35 yards and scoring a touchdown on a 30-yard reverse play. Chastain had 15 receptions for 195 yards last season before suffering a season-ending knee injury in the second game of the season against Guilford. In that game, he caught 13 passes for 158 yards. HE'S EVERYWHERE: In the Generals' opener against Johns Hopkins, senior defensive tackle Ben Middendorf was all over the field, collecting four tackles, two for loss, one sack and a blocked field goal. THE 1998 W&L TEAM CAPTAINS: The W&L football captains for the 1998 season are senior linebacker Brad Baker, senior wide receiver Chas Chastain, tight end David Ritchey, and junior quarterback Christian Batcheller. Batcheller is the first junior captain at W&L in nearly two decades. ALL-ODAC GENERALS RETURN TO THE GRIDIRON: Two W&L players return to the field this season after earning all-conference kudos in 1997. Senior offensive lineman Marc Granger was a first team selection from his right tackle slot and senior tight end David Ritchey earned second team honors . In addition, junior quarterback Christian Batcheller and junior wide-out J.T. Malatesta earned second team all-state honors from the Roanoke Times. RE-WRITING THE RECORD BOOKS: Junior quarterback Christian Batcheller had a break-out season last year, setting school records for passing yards in a season (1,998) and touchdown passes in a season (16). He also tied the school record for touchdown passes in a game twice with four TDs in wins over Davidson and Swarthmore. On the baseball diamond, Batcheller owns school records in career home runs (18), season home runs (9 in each of his first two years), home runs in a game (2, twice), career RBI (72), season RBI (45), RBI in a game (7), total bases in a season (92), total bases in a game (10), season hits (51), hits in a game (5), hits in a season (34), extra base hit in a game (3), career batting average (.443), and season batting average (.490). Keep in mind, hes only a junior.
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